Here is a sampling of quotes from the meetings, helpfully provided by the Town Crier.
Councilman Ron Packard:
"We want to encourage bicycling on the whole Peninsula. On the other hand, do we want to become part of a bigger community?"Resident David Lambourne:
"It’s hard to support any plan in which a path runs in and out of our city."
Mayor Val Carpenter, paraphrased:
Packard again, paraphrased:
Mayor Val Carpenter said the project had already eliminated multiple street parking spaces, and that she was loath to remove more for a bike lane, noting that she observed many cyclists using downtown as a launching point for regional travel rather than a family-oriented destination.
City Councilman Ron Packard referenced the city’s Fremont Bridge remodel as a project that sacrificed charm for bicycle friendliness, and suggested that he didn’t want to make the same choice for First Street.The takeaway from all of this: the City Council finds parking spaces charming, but not bicycle facilities, especially if they somehow connect to places outside of Los Altos.
Yes, Los Altos has a proud history of treating bicyclists like they were Gypsies. Perhaps that is what the Town Crier was getting at.